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Centennial Olympic Park bombing

1996

Centennial Olympic Park bombing at Summer Olympics in Atlanta kills 1 and injures 111

Paula Jones accuses President Clinton

1998

Former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones accuses President Clinton of sexual harassment

Gay college student was brutally murdered

1998

Gay college student Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered near the University of Wyoming. He becomes a symbol of gay-bashing victims and sparking public reflection on homophobia in the U.S

Colmbine High school shooting

1999

Two teenage students murder 13 other students and teachers at Columbine High School. It is the deadliest mass murder at a high school in U.S. history, and sparks debates on gun control and bullying.

Killing of seventeen U.S. Navy sailors.

2000

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the USS Cole (DDG-76) is bombed in Yemeni waters, killing seventeen U.S. Navy sailors.

George Walker Bush inaugurated

2001

George Walker Bush inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States.

Beltway sniper

2002

10 people are killed and 3 are injured in the Beltway sniper attacks around the Washington D.C. area.

Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates

2003

Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates upon re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere, killing all 7 astronauts and resulting in a 29-month suspension of the space shuttle program

Reagan dies

2004

Former U.S. President Ronald Wilson Reagan dies from complications resulting from Alzheimer's Disease. He lies in state at the U.S. Capitol building before being interred

Bush is inaugurated

2005

George W. Bush is inaugurated to his second-term

I-35W Mississippi River bridge

2007

The I-35W Mississippi River bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota collapses, killing 13 people. The bridge collapse brings to national attention the need to rehabilitate the aging U.S. infrastructure system.

Northern Illinois University shooting

2008

A student kills 5, injures 21, and then kills himself in the Northern Illinois University shooting. After this incident, calls are made for more focus on mental health services and interest grows substantially in the group Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.

Obama II is inaugurated

2009

Barack Hussein Obama II is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States. He is also the first African-American to hold the office.

My 18th birthday

2014